In remote Afghanistan, scenes of a deadly earthquake


Hopes of finding more survivors faded a day after a deadly earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan, with the worst damage apparently concentrated in the remote and mountainous province of Paktika. Provincial officials said at least 1,000 people had been killed, while the United Nations humanitarian office in the country estimated that 770 people had been killed and 1,440 people had been injured in the 5.9 magnitude quake. , and warned that those numbers were very likely to go up.

In Gayan, one of the hardest hit districts in the province, the agency said 1,500 houses had been damaged or destroyed.

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These images show the initial extent of the damage and relief efforts, which officials say are waning.

A Taliban helicopter taking off after dropping food in Gayan.

Hawa and her daughter Safia at Sharana hospital in Paktika province. Hawa lost her entire family except for two of her children.

Burial of the victims in Gayan.

People were warmed by an outdoor fire after their homes were destroyed by the earthquake.

Residents hang out clothes to dry near the ruins of damaged houses in Bernal district, Paktika province.

Mira was pulled from the rubble and taken to a hospital in Sharana. One side of her body was crushed by the rubble and she was seriously injured.

In another photo from the news agency, soldiers and Red Crescent officials respond to the earthquake.

An injured person in a hospital in Paktika province.

People lined up to donate blood to earthquake victims being treated at a hospital in Gayan.

A photo from the Bakhtar news agency shows the evacuation of a wounded man in Paktika province.

Search for survivors in a village in the province of Paktika.


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